March 10, 2015
The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) congratulates Pinoy Media Center, its partners and directors in producing an independent documentary video, Daughters of the Cordillera, which tells the story of Piya Macliing Malayao, a young activist who hails from Mainit, Bontoc, Mt. Province, in re-connecting her indigenous roots and activism with her mother, Jean Macliing, and grandmother, Petra Macliing.
Mother Petra Macliing, the grandmother of Piya, is an icon for indigenous women for the defense of land, life, and resources even at the height of the dark years of Martial Law. With courage and determination, she led and participated in countless protest marches, community meetings and dialogues, barricades and petitions against the construction of the biggest dam in Asia of that time – the World Bank funded Chico River Dams project –which the was successfully stopped. Mother Petra is also a human rights defender. She always tells that…
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